Well, it is officially my last day of summer vacation. We ended school late due to blizzards and hurricanes, and we are starting early to prevent us from ever ending that late again....so we had a bit of a short summer. But short as it was, it was still exciting and busy: gardening, the kids going to swim and golf, Stormy's illness. We didn't go on any vacations this summer, but we truly enjoyed just being home. The kids played outside almost every day. We grilled and
watched a few movies or played games, baked cookies, picked flowers.....
And of course I have been busy with what I like to call "Operation Reclaim Your House". I have been cleaning closets, donating, yard saling, and Ebaying. We will be changing our playroom back to a dining room, but boy has it been a lot of work so far. I look forward to the painting stage, and I am sure I will be asking you all to weigh in on color choices! We also want to paint our bedroom and N's bedroom. We will see what actually comes to fruition.
This is a tricky time of year, (here I go again), because life goes from busy to crazy in 60 seconds. It's also an emotional time of year. It's hard to leave the kids, hard to leave Stormy after she has been so sick. I mourn the odd things like shade raising, dewy green wellies and coffee while blog reading. I will miss the cicadas buzz and the catbird following me to the garden. September blurs by and brings us the glow of October; a slower pace, the thrill of harvesting pumpkins and visiting the apple orchards.
And now, here I am writing my 500th post!
I never dreamed 5 years ago that I would still be blogging.
I started blogging because I was reading a lot of fashion blogs.
Hmmm, I thought...I can do this.
But as time progressed, so did my subject matter, my writing, my photography, my life.
This blog has evolved into an extension of me.
It's about my family, my home, my garden.
It's about things that make me smile....but I am also realistic, and have come to share the sad or upsetting moments of my life as well. That is mainly due to the comfort I feel knowing I am surrounded by people who truly understand.
Thanks so much for making this blog a place I know I can go ANYTIME and I will feel a breath of fresh air surging through my lungs. I know I can write or tell a story, or share a moment, and you will listen, perhaps comment, and understand.
Of course, I couldn't let my 500th post go by without a giveaway!
I wanted it to be things that represent me and my blog.
So I am giving away:
5 packs of zinnias (packed for 2014...direct sow them!)
2 round vintage bird embroideries
1 vintage afghan
Leave me a comment telling me your favorite summer moment.
You must be a follower of my blog, or follow with google+ (see side bar)
I will draw a winner on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 12noon eastern.
And I will leave you with one final tip:
Bring in those herbs as the weather grows colder....line up the jars on your windowsill, and enjoy watching the herbs take root. A perfect kitchen herb garden.
Happy 500th post my friends!